New find in Roman Circus excavation

From the East Anglian Daily Times: New find in Roman Circus excavation.

The final piece in the archaeological jigsaw that is Colchester’s Roman Circus has been found by excavators, the EADT can reveal.

The location of the 12 gates that released the competitors into frenetic and often violent chariot races was discovered near the sergeants’ mess building in the former Colchester Garrison at Abbey Field.

These would have operated in the same way as greyhound traps, unleashing the charioteers on to the quarter-mile long opening stretch of the track.

With four horses at the head of each chariot, on full races there would have been 48 steeds [continue]